Biology, BS

The BS in biology curriculum lays the groundwork for strong scientific training with basic course work in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, relevant to biology. Students explore the organization and processes of life across broad areas of the field, from molecules and cells through organs and organ systems to populations, ecosystems, and evolution. Students can select advanced electives to specialize in a subdiscipline of biology such as developmental biology, stem cell biology, microbiology, or physiology.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Biology Major Requirements

Introduction to College
BIOL 1000Biology at Northeastern1
Experiential Learning Introduction
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
Required Biology
Foundations
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
5
Inquiries
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
Genetics
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
Project Lab
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
Biochemistry
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
Biochemistry
and Lab for BIOL 3611
5

Biology Capstone

BIOL 4701Biology Capstone4

Biology Major Electives

Organismal and Population Biology
Complete one of the following:4-5
Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 2321
Human Parasitology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
Introduction to Evolution
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
Intermediate and Advanced Biology
Complete three additional 4– or 5-semester-hour courses from the following:12-15
BIOL 2321 to BIOL 3999
Neurobiology of Cognitive Decline
Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 5000 to BIOL 5999
EEMB 2290 to EEMB 5515
EEMB 5548 to EEMB 5569
Ancient Marine Life
One of the three intermediate/advanced electives can be a research course:
Research
Internship
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2

Supporting Courses

Mathematics
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
Statistics
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5
Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
General Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1161
and Recitation for CHEM 1161
5
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
5
Physics
Physics 1
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1145/PHYS 1146 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1147/PHYS 1148 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 2
and Lab for PHYS 1147
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
Intermediate or Advanced Science
Complete one course from the following:
BIOL 2301 to BIOL 5999
CHEM 2311 to CHEM 5999
EEMB 2290 to EEMB 5999
ENVR 2310 to ENVR 5999
MATH 2280 to MATH 5999
PHYS 2303 to PHYS 5999
PSYC 2290 to PSYC 5999

Biology Major Credit/GPA Requirement

Complete 81 semester hours in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.000.

Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in biology and cell and molecular biology, biology and biochemistry, biology and behavioral neuroscience, or biology and marine biology is not permitted.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Please note that these are sample plans of study.  While the requirements are the same for all students, individual schedules may vary.

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Vacation
BIOL 11081CHEM 23114BIOL 23021 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23121Elective4 
CHEM 11621ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective4  
Elective4   
BIOL 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004BIOL 23094BIOL 36114Co-op
ENVR 25011PHYS 11454BIOL 36121 
CHEM 23134PHYS 11461Elective4 
CHEM 23141Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4EESC 20001  
 18 18 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHYS 11474Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4Co-op
ENGW 33074PHYS 11481(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1 
 Organismal/Population Bio Elective4Elective4 
 (Organismal/Population Bio Elective Lab)1  
 Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4  
 (Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  
 Elective4  
 4 19 9 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opIntermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4  
 (Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  
 Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective4  
 (Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective Lab)1  
 BIOL 47014  
 Elective4  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 140

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AP Credit for Biology5BIOL 23014BIOL 23094Vacation
BIOL 22994BIOL 23021Elective4 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23114  
CHEM 11621CHEM 23121  
MATH 12514ENGW 11114  
Elective4Elective4  
BIOL 10001   
 23 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004Co-opCo-opPHYS 11474
ENVR 25011 Elective4PHYS 11481
CHEM 23134  Elective4
CHEM 23141   
PHYS 11454   
PHYS 11461   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 4 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4Co-opCo-opIntermediate/Advanced Science Elective4
(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  (Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective Lab)1
BIOL 36114  Elective4
BIOL 36121   
ENGW 33074   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 9
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4  
(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  
Organismal/Population Bio Elective4BIOL 47014  
(Organismal/Population Bio Elective Lab)1Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17  
Total Hours: 140

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 11074BIOL 22994BIOL 23014Vacation0
BIOL 11081CHEM 23114BIOL 23021 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23121Elective4 
CHEM 11621ENGW 11114  
MATH 12514Elective4  
Elective 4   
BIOL 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004BIOL 23094Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4Co-op0
ENVR 25011PHYS 11454(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1 
CHEM 23134PHYS 11461Elective4 
CHEM 23141Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4EESC 20001  
 18 18 9 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0BIOL 36114VacationCo-op0
 BIOL 36121  
 PHYS 11474  
 PHYS 11481  
 ENGW 33074  
 Elective4  
 0 18 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4VacationCo-op0
 (Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  
 Organismal/Population Bio Elective  
 (Organismal/Population Bio Elective Lab)1  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 14 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4  
 (Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  
 BIOL 47014  
 Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective4  
 (Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective Lab)1  
 Elective4  
   
 0 18  
Total Hours: 140

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AP Credit for Biology5BIOL 23014BIOL 23094Vacation
BIOL 22994BIOL 23021Elective4 
CHEM 11614CHEM 23114  
CHEM 11621CHEM 23121  
MATH 12514ENGW 11114  
Elective4Elective4  
BIOL 10001   
 23 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 25004Co-opCo-opPHYS 11474
ENVR 25011  PHYS 11481
CHEM 23134  Elective4
CHEM 23141   
PHYS 11454   
PHYS 11461   
EESC 20001   
 16 0 0 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 36114Co-opCo-opVacation
BIOL 36121   
ENGW 33074   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4Co-opCo-opVacation
(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1   
Organismal/Population Bio Elective4   
(Organismal/Population Bio Elective Lab)1   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 18 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective4  
(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1(Intermediate/Advanced Biology Elective Lab)1  
Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective4BIOL 47014  
(Intermediate/Advanced Science Elective Lab)1Elective4  
Elective4   
Elective4   
 18 13  
Total Hours: 140